The CBE Seminar Series is organized to bring in experts from both academia and industry to present their research and share their expertise. Each semester a group of CBE graduate students and staff invite and host the colleagues and visitors (on and off-campus) who present at this seminar series.

The CBE 2019-2020 seminar organizing committee

If you have feedback or a speaker suggestion for the CBE Seminar Series, please contact a member of the organizing committee.

Spring 2020 Schedule

  • Thursdays, 4:10 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Montana State University, Linfield 301  Map it
  • *Denotes different day, time, or location






Jan 9

No seminar

Jan 16

Dr. Emma Loveday

Geoffrey Zath

Postdoctoral Scholar, CBE

PhD Student, Chemical & Biological Engineering, MSU, CBE

High-throughput quantification
of influenza A virus using
drop-based qRT-PCR

Jan 23

Dr. Robin Gerlach

Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering, MSU, CBE

Biofilms and minerals: From engineered biomineralization applications to studying the role of biofilms in urinary tract stone formation

Jan 30

Dr. Jed Eberly Assistant Professor, Agronomy & Soil Microbiology, MSU, Central Ag Research Station Aptamers for environmental sensing

Feb 6

The Wilking Lab

PI: Dr. Jim Wilking, Assistant Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering, MSU, CBE

Soft materials and beyond

Feb 13

Dr. Darla Goeres




Diane Walker

Associate Research Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering, MSU; PI, CBE Standardized Biofilm Methods Lab


Research Engineer, CBE

Evaluating performance criteria for the cleanliness of reusable medical devices


Dry biofilms: Challenges of recognition and eradication

Feb 20

Dr. Phil Stewart



Dr. Garth James

Regents Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering, MSU, CBE

Associate Research Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering, MSU; PI, CBE Medical Biofilms Lab

Risk factors for chronic biofilm infections on medical implants

In-vitro models of oral biofilms for evaluating antimicrobial susceptibility

Feb 27

No Seminar - Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering 3-Minute Thesis Competition


Mar 5

Rachel Kratofil

PhD Candidate, Immunology, University of Calgary

Monocytes are critical for tissue repair following a Staphylococcus aureus foreign-body skin infection

Mar 12

Dr. Ellen Lauchnor Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, MSU, CBE

Use of biomineralization in remediation applications

Mar 19

No seminar-Spring Break


Mar 26

No seminar-NCUR 2020


Apr 2

*1:45 p.m.


Dr. Howard Stone

Donald R. Dixon ’69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University Title TBD

Apr 9

CBE Undergraduate Research Day


Apr 16

Dr. Heejoon Park

Postdoctoral Researcher, CBE

Title TBD

Apr 23

No Seminar- Last Week of Classes